My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Well those two were both thoroughly unlikeable characters! When Amy Dunne goes missing, her husband Nick is at first regarded as a confused, traumatised spouse who is stunned by her disappearance. Later he is accused of first her disappearance, and then her murder. From Amy’s diaries, she appears to have been fearful of her husband in the prior 12 months leading up to her going missing. Both Nick and Amy are journalists/authors themselves, and as it turns out, parts of their life and recollections are complete fiction. You don’t know who’s telling the truth, or who’s making it up to make it sound good (or indeed bad).
This book is written in diary form, from the alternating perspectives of Amy and Nick. It’s not my most favourite form of novel, I prefer those written in prose… Gillian Flynn is excellent at creating characters which evoke a connection and emotional response from the reader, even if that emotion is disgust and dislike! Not all fictional characters should be loveable, of course. With enough twists and turns to keep you interested (unless you’ve already seen the movie!) the story warps from chapter to chapter. As more information is revealed and you begin to understand the motives and personalities of the two main characters, you begin to think.. “what a bunch of arseholes”!
Thank goodness I don’t know anyone in real life like these two. As far as I know…!
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